Struggling With What To Tell My Children....advice From Other Non-believers?For now, it's just my daughter, who is nearly 8. My toddler won't be questioning for many years.
A bit of a back story, my entire family is Catholic with the exception of a few cousins who are like myself and are not religious and do not believe in God. I do not believe in God, although I do celebrate holidays with my family such as Christmas and Easter. Maybe some would say that is hypocritical? I do it basically out of tradition. On holidays I celebrate my family and the love and thanks I have for them. But for me personally, I do not feel the need to have religion in my life. I don't consider myself an Atheist, to be honest, I am not sure I know what all that means. I have never cared to really research the difference between Atheism, Agnostic, etc. I only know a small amount about each. I just consider myself non-religious!
Now that my daughter is getting older, I struggle with some of the questions she asks. My mom, and other family members, talk to her on occasion about God and the biblical stories. But, none of them go to church or are super religious...however, they do believe in everything the bible says.
I really didn't think I would have to worry about this until she was a lot older.....but she's asked me questions about heaven/hell and related. My answers are usually "people believe different things" or say something like "well, grandma believes...." Recently, she asked me if she can start going with her friend on Wednesday nights to a Baptist church kids group type thing. The friend's mom said they do activities and it's basically all fun and games. My daughter is interested in it but I don't like the idea of it. It's not that I don't want my daughter to believe in God. I just think she is too young to rationally form an opinion on religion. I've always said that when my kids were old enough to choose what they believe in, I will support their decision. But what do I do in the meantime? I'm sure not going to force my beliefs on them.
So I guess I'm just looking to see what thoughts/suggestions any other non-religious people have.
TattooedMissez 26-30, F 7 Responses 3 Apr 5, 2012